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ERIC Number: EJ835266
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jun
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 53
ISSN: ISSN-1936-1653
The Performance of Homophobia in Early Adolescents' Everyday Speech
Athanases, Steven Z.; Comar, Tess A.
Journal of LGBT Youth, v5 n2 p9-32 Jun 2008
Using written language of early adolescents at a California middle school, this study investigated seventh grade students' perspectives on the frequency of hearing and using homophobic name-calling, reasons such language gets used, and reactions to hearing others use it. Students reported widespread use of homophobic name-calling but disagreed about what it means. Most saw it as innocuous banter or generic insult, but others cast it as gender-identity putdown, LGBT slur, or speech that injures even when LGBT people are not present. Students rarely challenged the name-calling. Analyses suggest that pre- and early-adolescents may benefit from instruction in language and power; in ways homophobic name-calling injures; and in how to be allies and advocates, confronting injurious speech among peers. (Contains 1 note, 1 figure and 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Grade 7; Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California